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  1. 6 points
    It's all in the hair. Let's call this the "Samson Argument".
  2. 4 points
    I've ready that there are around 150,000 people that die every day (almost 2 people per second) in the world. I think about how each and every one of us are on "Death Row." Sooner or later our day and time will come. Jonathan Edwards stated that "the arrows of death fly unseen in noon-day; the sharpest sight can't discern them." Indeed, we have no authority as to the day of our death (Ecclesiastes 8:8). We spend our lives as a shadow (Ecclesiastes 6:12), a vapor (James 4:14) and a mere breath (Psalm 144:4). Once departed we are as water spilled on the ground which can not be gathered up again (2 Samuel 14:14). It is not gloom and doom for the believer. Today, Christ told the penitent thief, he would be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43). At the moment of death Jesus received the spirit of Stephen (Acts 7:59; cf. Ecclesiastes 12:7). Death is the doorway into the presence of God. It will be glorious beyond description.
  3. 4 points
  4. 4 points
    I chose these two as the worst for Christ's Church ... Works Righteousness (horrible soteriology) Judgmental Christians (from a holier than thou attitude to criticisms when the perfume is being poured) ... because they are both traps that can be found in the true church, appear as genuine "Christianity" and, therefore, drive those in need of Christ from the place they most need to be and into the arms of either a cult or apostasy. These two tend to affect only those deeply interested in this narrow area, so most of the unsaved will view an advocate as a "nut" and discredit the individual more than the Church as a whole ... False Chrisitan Eschatology (horrible end times interpretations result in failed prophecy and less credibility) Theistic Evolution (Evolution weakens faith, undermines the arguments for God's existence, and is a fundamental tenet of all unbelievers) ... most people just don't care enough for either to be the deciding factor in their view of Christianity. The Charismata are a sword that cuts both ways, so this belongs all by itself ... Charismania (blaming the Holy Spirit for horrible interpretations, spiritual drunkness, falling over backwards, gibberish, etc) For the unchurched, the idea presented by the Charismatics/Pentecostals (whether true or not) has a powerful draw. People WANT TO BELIEVE in a God that does miracles. People want to come to church and get excited rather than feel like they are attending a funeral. When led astray by charlatans, the searchers are left hurt and confused with a faith "a mile wide and an inch deep" comprised of equal parts truth, half-truths, and plain old nonsense. It is a mess. On the other hand, few of those led astray would have ever been drawn into a "high church" mass anyway, so a little truth is better than no truth at all. When the unchurched encounter genuine Christians who also happen to be continuationists, they find something 'supernatural' to give them hope and encouragement when they need it most. It can be a gateway into other types of churches within The Church. I find it somewhat ironic that those most upset by the charismata are either Christian cessationists (thus already saved) or those non-christians already inflicted with "Works Righteousness" or "Judgmentalism" who have nothing to gain and nothing good to offer. The last item on your list ... Prosperity Doctrine (hoard your gold or bribe the god of your world) ... is almost a non-issue. Those who preach it and those drawn to it both want nothing to do with real Christianity. So what concern is it of the church if the world chooses to dress in Christian 'Halloween costumes' and play make-believe. They are never going to want to hear the truth.
  5. 4 points
    Here is how you can make a quick dessert for halloween. Find a pumpkin. Carefully measure it to find the diameter and the circumference. Divide the circumference by the diameter. You now have Pumpkin Pi.
  6. 4 points
    O for Pete's sake people are nuts just plain ol nuts.
  7. 4 points
  8. 3 points
    I've been thinking, whether to choose many or just one, and now I decided to choose just one. I voted for Works Righteusness. I think if the soteriology is correct, it's easier to resist those other ones on the list.
  9. 3 points
    I think poor Christology should also be added to the list.
  10. 3 points
    I checked Theistic Evolution. In ever public grade school and high school text books Evolution is taught as an absolute fact. Yet in most conservative Bible believing churches evolution is taught as against what the Bible says and what is taught in Sunday School and preached. Most children begin to question the authority of Scripture based on what is taught in school that contradicts the Bible. I have talked with adults that at an early age decided by Jr. High the Bible was false and written by men that only guessed how life came into existence . By the time a person is and adult they have heard evolution is the only way to believe so many times on television and other places, that the mind is closed to the Bible being absolutely true. The choice I wished was there would have been Christians with bad testimonies. The example being the number of ministers caught in immorality and made a big spectacle on TV and news papers. Along with this neighbors witnessing church going people who live a life of sinful disgrace. The world around us Christians might not seem like they are looking at how e live....but they are watching. A little thing I learned many years ago goes like this, "only one life will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last." I can't get this out of the back of my mind.
  11. 3 points
    Hey everybody my name is Dan, I'm 41 yrs. old. I have been married since 1999 and have two sons. I've known the Lord since I was very young but didn't grow up in the Church. I was baptized with my wife when I was 21 yrs. old. I'm a member of a Lutheran Church (LCMS) but am reformed in my beliefs. Currently my evangelism consists of sharing Gospel tracts and Gospels of John (from pocket testament league) and also online (quora, Yahoo answers, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). I enjoy listening to a wide variety of preachers online while at work (John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Paul Washer, Sinclair Ferguson, D.A. Carson, Jeff Durbin, Ray Comfort, Matt Slick etc.). I Love the Word and can't get enough of it! I commute two hrs. a day which gives me lots of extra prayer time. I've read several books this year including The Intolerance of Tolerance and The Son of God by D.A. Carson, The Message of the Prophets by J. Daniel Hays, Discipline of Grace and Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, Parables by John MacArthur, A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent, Sexual Detox by Tim Challies, Strategies of Satan by Warren Weirsbe, A Theology of Luke and Acts by Darrel L. Bock and probably a few more I can't remember. I love spending any free time with my wife and kids, they are the greatest blessing the Lord has given me to date. I really look forward to having some great discussions with yet unknown brothers in Christ in this forum. PRAISE BE TO HIS HOLY NAME!
  12. 3 points
    This is a fallacious argument. You presume the United States, in the past, welcomed immigrants without regulation and restriction. When is the last time we had that policy? The current policy is not anti-immigrant. There is just a legal way to do it. I don't understand why people have a problem with this.
  13. 3 points
    Yeah, good to see someone familiar from there besides deade, I left CC because I came there for advice and got critically analyzed, ridiculed,insulted and didn't feel very welcome anymore, I'd rather not get into what we talked about but, I just couldn't stay and it takes a lot for me to consider leaving any Christian site I still have friends from there on other sites so it's not all bad.
  14. 3 points
    Works Righteousness (horrible soteriology) [3] This was my third choice; though I don't think it is as common as most think. If someone keeps the law but not to be saved they are usually labeled as such. Chrisitan Eschatology (horrible end times interpretations result in failed prophecy and less credibility) Did not choose. I don't think someone's idea of how the end works out is that important to undermining their faith. Judgmental Christians (from a holier than thou attitude to criticisms when the perfume is being poured) [1] This is my first choice as it calls for judgment on others. Charismania (blaming the Holy Spirit for horrible interpretations, spiritual drunkness, falling over backwards, gibberish, etc) Did not choose. Although this is a circus, it does not affect the mainstream. This kind usually keep to their own. Theistic Evolution (Evolution weakens faith, undermines the arguments for God's existence, and is a fundamental tenet of all unbelievers) [2] This is my second choice. In an information age knowledge is increasing, false knowledge right along with it.
  15. 3 points
    I picked 3-Works, Prosperity, and Judging because those 3 are amongst the biggest "delusions" that I have witnessed always adding up to "spiritually bad" actions like "prideful boasting", "believing one's self to be perfect/sinless no matter how wicked one's actions are" and "personal targeting".(personally involving one's self with someone's sins or actions instead of working out one's own spiritual issues)
  16. 3 points
    I chalk it up to be nothing more than a pathetic attempt to invalidate The Bible.
  17. 3 points
    Hi ya sovvy interesting seeing you here! Been laying off the Christian sites because of all the annoying tension with some people.
  18. 3 points
    Davy this post is a misrepresentation of the request . Along with posting yet another attack on those who think understand, or believe ETC Scripture differently then you. You are welcome to assume what ever you wish. The request from staff was privet for your benefit. In that request you were also praised for a very good ' forum reply' . As for ALL ideas being treated equal please read our Statements of Faith and Terms of service. You made this public so here is a public warning any more on this and the discipline staff has for its use will be applied.
  19. 3 points
    🤔 Oy vey, eschatology! As an architect (and yes, I am a licensed Architect) I have less problem with the river starting out in the center of the Temple/City than one might imagine. It is a bit unusual, but once God has dealt with the fact that the air only extends about 200 miles above the Earth and the 'New Jerusalem' will extend another 1300 miles into space, a river in the lobby seems like small potatoes. I can say this much, only God will build it.
  20. 3 points
    Here's a thread on the subject of "why" or "how" 1000 should mean anything to anyone: God bless, William
  21. 3 points
    I checked "Works Righteousness" because of Roman Catholicism.
  22. 3 points
    What about carismatic insanity? Seems like a good term. Lol. Rolling around on the floor, speaking jibberish, and all that nonsense is attributed to the rest of us.
  23. 3 points
    Yes, I think so, too. Of course in many cases it's wiser not to drink, but to use alcohol in moderation is not a sin.
  24. 2 points
    Well goodnight everyone and may God bless you all!
  25. 2 points
    I had spent the better part of my young life being led around like a sheep. Being raised Catholic there was not much room for questioning, merely following along and going with the flow. My being born again, as it were, occurred in June of 1998 at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Ont. The 90's was a roller-coaster decade for me, filled with wonder and joy. I had met my wife, we eventually married, had our son, and bought our first home. We had spent our honeymoon in Lancaster County, PA. Stayed in the area an entire week among the Amish and Mennonites. A truly inspiring time in my life. I was so intrigued by the way of life the Anabaptist lead that I read everything I could on them. I went so far as buying the book "Martyrs Mirror". I'll admit that I never could really wrap my head around the deep historical value of the book, but I was still intrigued at the simple, humble life dedicated to working and serving the Lord. Fast forward to June 1998 when my wife and I attended the Billy Graham Crusade in Ottawa, Ont. I had watched many of Mr. Grahams televised crusades. I was inspired by him as he often taught the scripture and explained what scripture meant. This was nothing that I was used to sitting in a pew in any Catholic Church where it was preached to me without much understanding. The end result, I always day dreamed when in church. While attending the Crusade in Ottawa I felt empowered, the entire Corel center was filled with followers that were also filled with love, hope, and faith. The moment came when Mr. Graham invited everyone to come forward and proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. I made a b-line to the stage. My poor wife was almost dragged with me. The experience still resonates within me. Since last Sunday, a week from today I have been on bed rest. For the first time in my life I had a bout of sciatica. It appears that during one of my hikes the previous week I had pinched a nerve or created something in my hip that irritated the area. Perhaps my backpack belt was too tight. In any event I am on the mend. During my convalescing I was able to get a lot of work done on my website. I had a lot of assistance and information shared to me from a very kind man. I won't mention his name ("Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven), but I am grateful for the help. I also had time to watch something I have been meaning to watch for quite some time, The Protestant Reformation. I believe it was this site that I had first heard of the video. What an informative lesson I learned of our religious history (it only took me 52 years). I had often heard of the Reformation (not by any Catholic) by friends and co-workers, and I was often encouraged to read it. I only wish I would have read it sooner, before watching it. I can see myself watching again. It's a wonderful feeling to be empowered and refreshed, again.
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